Press Release | Blackrock Neurotech Collaborates with AE Studio to Advance Training and Calibration in the First Commercial BCI Platform, MoveAgain

Collaboration will develop improved machine learning models and algorithms to improve user experience for paralyzed patients. SALT LAKE CITY, May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, a leader in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology, announced today a collaboration with AE Studio, a group of world-class data scientists, developers, and designers who specialize in launching products that increase…

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BioWorld Medtech | Blackrock Neurotech snaps up Mindx to drive brain-computer interface implants

By Meg Byrant Blackrock Neurotech LLC has acquired spatial computing software startup Mindx Corp. to advance full-stack brain-computer interface (BCI) products. As part of the transaction, Mindx’s augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be integrated with Blackrock’s BCI hardware. Highlights: “Having a fully integrated platform will also improve scalability as Blackrock begins…

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Press Release | Blackrock Neurotech and Phantom Neuro Partner to Enable Prosthetics and Exoskeletons that Mimic Human Movement in Real-Time

The Phantom X system uses muscle-sensing implant technology to enable greater mobility in people with orthopedic injuries. SALT LAKE CITY and AUSTIN, Texas, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, an industry leader in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology, and Phantom Neuro, a recently launched neurotech startup that delivers a high accuracy system for lifelike control of robotic…

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Blackrock Neurotech named 2022 Best of State winner in Applied Science/Technology category

Blackrock Neurotech is pleased to announce it has been named the 2022 Best of State Award winner in the Applied Science/Technology category, marking the 4th year Blackrock has received this prestigious honor. The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and businesses in Utah. Blackrock was recognized for its innovative neurotechnology devices,…

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Press Release | Blackrock Neurotech acquires spatial computing software firm MindX to commercialize full-stack brain-computer interface product

Acquisition brings MindX’s innovative software technology and Blackrock’s industry-leading BCI hardware under one roof SALT LAKE CITY, April 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech (“Blackrock” or “the Company”), a leading implantable brain-computer interface (“BCI”) technology backed by world-renowned investors Peter Thiel and Christian Angermeyer, announced today the acquisition of spatial computing software firm MindX, integrating…

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Utah Business | This brain-computer interface helps paralyzed individuals type using only their minds

By: Jeremie Oliver Imagine a world where our brains can dictate action without using our limbs. Contemplating this reality is mind-boggling, considering the technology that would be required to translate neurological signals into movement. It seems too good to be true in our lifetime, but Salt Lake City-based Blackrock Neurotech begs to disagree. Lauded as…

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Forbes | Thought-To-Text Typing Hits 90 Characters/Minute With 94% Accuracy

Thought-To-Text Typing Hits 90 Characters/Minute With 94% Accuracy   New brain-computer interface technology is giving quadriplegic and tetraplegic patients the ability to control computers, thought type at 90 characters a minute, and move robotic arms to feed themselves, or high-five family members. Built by Blackrock Neurotech and including technology licensed from Stanford University, the technology is scheduled…

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The Observer | Brain Implant Technology Lets Paralysis Patients Move, Touch and Feel With Their Thoughts

Brain Implant Technology Lets Paralysis Patients Move, Touch, and Feel With Their Thoughts “The BCI research community is extremely vibrant. They are looking at everything from [enabling people to] walk again, see again, hear again, and even feel again. Anything you can think of, they are researching it,” said Marcus Gerhardt, CEO of Blackrock Neurotech,…

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Press Release | High Performing Algorithm To Translate Paralyzed Patients’ Thoughts Into Real-Time Prosthetic Movements

High Performing Algorithm To Translate Paralyzed Patients’ Thoughts Into Real-Time Prosthetic Movements   Blackrock Neurotech to enhance thought-to-prosthetic movement for paralyzed BCI patients by licensing proprietary algorithm from Columbia University. SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, the leader in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology, has signed an exclusive license for Columbia University’s neural decoder MINT. The license…

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Tech First | Thought to text: brain-computer interface lets you type, move robotic arms with your mind

Thought to text: brain-computer interface lets you type, move robotic arms with your mind   Thinking to type sounds interesting to most of us. Crazy and futuristic, yes, but also freeing and fast. But for those with massive spinal cord injuries or degenerative diseases, brain-computer interface technology is an absolute lifeline. In this TechFirst, we…

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Analytics Insight | Exclusive Interview with Marcus Gerhardt, CEO of Blackrock Neurotech

Exclusive Interview with Marcus Gerhardt, CEO of Blackrock Neurotech   With the digital transformation taking over the world, the medical industry is also following in its footsteps. In a small span of time, neurotechnology has advanced a lot and it has been a breakthrough in the health industry. Blackrock Neurotech provides innovative tools and neurotech expertise to…

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Medsider | Why Building a Community is Crucial for Medical Device Startups: Interview with Blackrock Neurotech Co-Founder and CEO Marcus Gerhardt

Why Building a Community is Crucial for Medical Device Startups: Interview with Blackrock Neurotech Co-Founder and CEO Marcus Gerhardt   A common thread runs through Marcus Gerhardt’s career: If a company involves technology and disruption, it’s probably calling his name. Marcus co-founded Blackrock Neurotech in 2008 with his long-time friend and business partner, Florian Solzbacher. Blackrock’s MoveAgain brain-computer interface…

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Health Professional Radio | Blackrock Neurotech – MoveAgain Brain-Computer Interface System

Blackrock Neurotech – MoveAgain Brain-Computer Interface System   Professor Florian Solzbacher, Co-Founder, Chairman, and President of Blackrock Neurotech discusses the MoveAgain Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) System that the FDA has granted a Breakthrough Device designation. It utilizes an array (electrode) implanted in the brain, which decodes intended movement from neuronal activity in the brain. This game-changing portable BCI…

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Neural TNW | BCIs had a big year in the lab. In 2022, they’re coming to the market | The Next Web

BCIs had a big year in the lab. In 2022, they’re coming to the market   Brain-computer interfaces are slowly edging into the mainstream. After a string of scientific breakthroughs, neurotech companies are starting to commercialize their research. Among them is Blackrock Neurotech, which focuses on restoring functions that have been impaired by disabilities or accidents. The company is best-known for…

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Medgadget | Thought-to-Text Brain-Computer Interface: Interview with Florian Solzbacher, Chairman of Blackrock Neurotech

Thought-to-Text Brain-Computer Interface: Interview with Florian Solzbacher, Chairman of Blackrock Neurotech   Blackrock Neurotech, a medical technology company based in Salt Lake City, created a suite of brain-computer interface systems with the goal of empowering patients to have increased independence and quality of life. This latest technology aims to restore written communication in patients who…

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Press Release | Paralyzed Individuals Will Soon Type With Only Their Thoughts – New BCI Platform To Be Released By Blackrock Neurotech

Groundbreaking Brain Computer Interface Technology Expected to Achieve Partial Restoration of Communication Function in Impaired Patients SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, the leader in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology, has announced plans to commercialize a BCI platform in 2022, with the aim of restoring communication function in patients impaired by disabilities…

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Press Release | Blackrock Neurotech’s MoveAgain Brain-Computer Interface System Receives Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA

Blackrock Neurotech’s MoveAgain Brain-Computer Interface System Receives Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA   SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, the leader in brain-computer interface technology, today announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device designation for its groundbreaking MoveAgain Brain Computer Interface (BCI) System. The first-of-its-kind system is…

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Press Release | Hearing Restoration For The Deaf: Blackrock Neurotech Invests In Groundbreaking Auditory Nerve Implant With University Of Minnesota And MED-EL

Hearing Restoration For The Deaf: Blackrock Neurotech Invests In Groundbreaking Auditory Nerve Implant With University Of Minnesota And MED-EL   SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, a leading provider of brain computer interface (BCI) technology for human patients, has announced plans to invest in a novel auditory nerve implant (ANI) device that restores hearing…

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Press Release | Blackrock Neurotech, ClearPoint Neuro to Address Neurological Disorders With Novel Brain-Computer Interface Surgical Solution

Blackrock Neurotech, ClearPoint Neuro to Address Neurological Disorders With Novel Brain-Computer Interface Surgical Solution SOLANA BEACH, Calif. and SALT LAKE CITY, July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ClearPoint Neuro, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLPT) (the “Company”), a global therapy-enabling platform company providing navigation and delivery to the brain, today announced a joint agreement with Blackrock Neurotech to…

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to: bmohammadzadeh@blackrockmicro.com  Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are a high-tech company that continuously innovates to empower researchers to better understand the brain.…

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Press Release | Transatlantic forces join to empower neuroscience and neurotechnology

Blackrock Neurotech and CorTec are now collaboration partners CorTec GmbH (CorTec) and Blackrock Neurotech, LLC announced today that they have entered into a transatlantic strategic partnership, combining Blackrock Neurotech’s industry-leading experience in delivering brain computer interface (BCI) systems with CorTec’s portfolio of cutting-edge neurodevices to accelerate access to researchers, open new markets, and expand applications…

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Automated Testing Software Developer

Full-time Salary – DOE Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out this form and select the relevant available position. Submit separate forms to apply for all roles that interest you. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are…

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Clean Room Manager

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, send your CV and cover letter to jobs@blackrockmicro.com. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. Blackrock already delivers some of the most critical components of leading BCI set-ups. We spend everyday building technology…

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Manufacturing Support Engineer

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, send your CV and cover letter to jobs@blackrockmicro.com. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. Blackrock already delivers some of the most critical components of leading BCI set-ups. We spend everyday building technology…

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Maintenance Engineer

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, send your CV and cover letter to jobs@blackrockmicro.com. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. Blackrock already delivers some of the most critical components of leading BCI set-ups. We spend everyday building technology…

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Senior ASIC Engineer

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out this form and select the relevant available position. Submit separate forms to apply for all roles that interest you. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are a high-tech company…

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Software Engineer

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out this form and select the relevant available position. Submit separate forms to apply for all roles that interest you. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are a high-tech company…

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Process Engineer

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, send your CV and cover letter to jobs@blackrockmicro.com. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are a high-tech company that continuously innovates to empower researchers to better understand the brain. We also…

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Electrical Engineer III

Full-time Salary – DOE Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out the form located here and select the relevant available position. Feel free to submit applications for any role that interests you. Descriptions of the roles can be found on the Blackrock careers page. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences…

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Electrical Engineer II

Full-time Salary – DOE Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out the form located here and select the relevant available position. Feel free to submit applications for any role that interests you. Descriptions of the roles can be found on the Blackrock careers page. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences…

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Electrical Engineer I

Full-time Salary – DOE Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out the form located here and select the relevant available position. Feel free to submit applications for any role that interests you. Descriptions of the roles can be found on the Blackrock careers page. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences…

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Quality Engineer

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out this form and select the relevant available position. Submit separate forms to apply for all roles that interest you. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. Blackrock already delivers some of…

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Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, please fill out this form and select the relevant available position. Submit separate forms to apply for all roles that interest you. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are a high-tech company…

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Quality & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Full-time Based in Salt Lake City, Utah To apply, send your resume to jobs@blackrockmicro.com. Blackrock aims to provide Best of Class approved neurosciences tools to the research community to push the boundaries of human applications. We are a high-tech company that continuously innovates to empower researchers to better understand the brain. We also aim to be…

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Bloomberg | Billionaire Peter Thiel Backs Fundraiser of Brain-Computer Firm

Billionaire Peter Thiel Backs Fundraiser of Brain-Computer Firm By Eyk Henning May 19, 2021 Billionaire investors Peter Thiel and Christian Angermayer have thrown their weight behind a technology startup that promises to help neurologically impaired patients regain lost skills with the aid of electrodes connecting the human brain with computers. The Utah-based company, Blackrock Neurotech,…

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Press Release | Blackrock Neurotech Closes $10M Financing Round To Advance Development Of Its World-Leading Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Technology

SALT LAKE CITY, May 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Neurotech, the world’s leading platform for brain-computer interface (BCI) technology and manufacturing, has closed a $10 million financing round, led by Christian Angermayer’s re.Mind Capital with participation from Peter Thiel, German entrepreneur Tim Sievers, and Sorenson Impact’s University Venture Fund II. Christian Angermayer and Jan Hardorp…

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Press Release | Jet Lag Soon To Be Obsolete? Blackrock Microsystems Joins Team At Northwestern University To Develop “Living Pharmacy” Using Device To Control Circadian Clock

SALT LAKE CITY, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blackrock Microsystems, a privately held company that provides enabling tools for neuroscience, neural engineering and neuroprosthetics research worldwide partnered with a team of interdisciplinary researchers at Northwestern University, who signed a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a wireless, fully implantable device…

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Press Release | Blackrock Microsystems Supports an Ambitious European Union Funded Partnership for Brain-Computer-Interface Connectivity

Blackrock Microsystems Supports an Ambitious European Union Funded Partnership for Brain-Computer-Interface Connectivity This collaboration merges Blackrock’s brain-computer interface technology to create the first battery-free, high-speed, and wireless in-body communication platform for brain-machine-body connectivity. SALT LAKE CITY, UT (March 18,2021) — Blackrock Microsystems, the world leading brain-computer interface (BCI) technology innovator and manufacturer, announces today the…

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Our Commitment to You During COVID-19

Our Commitment to You During COVID-19 As we all navigate through this unprecedented moment in history, Blackrock is still conducting business to support you: our customers and your time-critical projects. In addition, Blackrock is dedicating some of our engineering and manufacturing resources to COVID-related projects. As a leader in innovation technology, we have been invited…

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Press Release | Breathing Relief for COVID-19 Treatment Thanks to the PufferFish Ventilator

Breathing Relief for COVID-19 Treatment Thanks to the PufferFish Ventilator This open-source ventilator will directly aid medical communities in treating patients invasively and non-invasively by providing efficient, attainable breathing relief SALT LAKE CITY, UT (September 2, 2020) — Pez-Globo, a worldwide collaborative effort comprised of Stanford University, Brown University, University of Utah, Bharat Forge, Blackrock…

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University of Houston | Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy By Laurie Fickman for the University of Houston  11 June 2019 Findings Could Help Seamlessly Integrate Prosthetics By examining the interactions between single-neuron activities and the information flowing to these neurons, biomedical engineering Professor Joe Francis found that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense…

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Press Release | Utah Innovation Empowers International Collaboration to Achieve Natural Hearing Restoration

Utah Innovation Empowers International Collaboration to Achieve Natural Hearing Restoration Utah Array Moves from Brain to Auditory Nerve, Making Hearing Restoration Possible SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, March 19, 2019 – Blackrock Microsystems LLC (Blackrock), manufacturer of neural connectivity technologies, including the Utah Array and Utah Slant Array, announced today that they will be one of…

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The New Yorker | Degrees of Freedom: A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body.

Degrees of Freedom A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body. By Raffi Khatchadourian November 19, 2018 For eighteen years, Jan Scheuermann has been paralyzed from the neck down. She is six feet tall, and she spends all day and all night in a sophisticated, battery-powered wheelchair that cradles…

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Closed-loop stimulation of temporal cortex rescues functional networks and improves memory

Closed-loop stimulation of temporal cortex rescues functional networks and improves memory Youssef Ezzyat, Paul A. Wanda, Deborah F. Levy, Allison Kadel, Ada Aka, Isaac Pedisich, Michael R. Sperling, Ashwini D. Sharan, Bradley C. Lega, Alexis Burks, Robert E. Gross, Cory S. Inman, Barbara C. Jobst, Mark A. Gorenstein, Kathryn A. Davis, Gregory A. Worrell, Michal…

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BBC | How to Control a Machine Using Your Mind

How to Control a Machine Using Your Mind By Emma Woollacott Technology of Business reporter for BBC  2 February 2018 Imagine being able to make a machine do your bidding with your thoughts alone, no button pressing, typing, screen tapping or fumbling with remote controls, just brain power. Well, this sci-fi scenario could be closer to…

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Interesting Engineering | Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Are Progressing Faster Than We Could Imagine

Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Are Progressing Faster Than We Could Imagine By Mario L. Major for Interesting Engineering  27 November 2017 Innovative approaches to brain-controlled prosthetics were on full display at the annual Neuroscience 2017 meeting. JHU Applied Physics Laboratory A number of studies presented at the Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting organized by the Society for…

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Restoration of motor control and proprioceptive and cutaneous sensation in humans with prior upper-limb amputation via multiple Utah Slanted Electrode Arrays (USEAs) implanted in residual peripheral arm nerves

Restoration of motor control and proprioceptive and cutaneous sensation in humans with prior upper-limb amputation via multiple Utah Slanted Electrode Arrays (USEAs) implanted in residual peripheral arm nerves Suzanne Wendelken, David M. Page, Tyler Davis, Heather A. C. Wark, David T. Kluger, Christopher Duncan, David J. Warren, Douglas T. Hutchinson and Gregory A. Clark Journal…

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Penn News | Penn’s Restoring Active Memory Project Adds Task and Patient Data to Publicly Available Human Brain Dataset

Penn’s Restoring Active Memory Project Adds Task and Patient Data to Publicly Available Human Brain Dataset By Michele W. Berger for PennNews  1 November 2017 Penn researchers Michael Kahana and Daniel Rizzuto, who run the Restoring Active Memory project, incorporated data from a new spatial-memory task called “Treasure Hunt” (above). In this video game-like environment,…

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Salt Lake Tribune | Utah Scientists Believe They Can Implant a Chip That Would Allow a Paralyzed Person to Drive a Car Using Only His or Her Mind

Utah Scientists Believe They Can Implant a Chip That Would Allow a Paralyzed Person to Drive a Car Using Only His or Her Mind By Robert Gehrke for The Salt Lake Tribune  09 October 2017 (Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Florian Solzbacer, president-executive chairman of Blackrock shows the computer chip they developed that…

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Direct Brain Stimulation Modulates Encoding States and Memory Performance in Humans

Direct Brain Stimulation Modulates Encoding States and Memory Performance in Humans Youssef Ezzyat, James E. Kragel, John F. Burke, Deborah F. Levy, Anastasia Lyalenko, Paul Wanda, Logan O’Sullivan, Katherine B. Hurley, Stanislav Busygin, Isaac Pedisich, Michael R. Sperling, Gregory A. Worrell, Michal T. Kucewicz, Kathryn A. Davis, Timothy H. Lucas, Cory S. Inman, Bradley C.…

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Restoration of reaching and grasping movements through brain-controlled muscle stimulation in a person with tetraplegia: a proof-of-concept demonstration

Restoration of reaching and grasping movements through brain-controlled muscle stimulation in a person with tetraplegia: a proof-of-concept demonstration Dr A Bolu Ajiboye, PhD†, Francis R Willett, BS†, Daniel R Young, BS, William D Memberg, MS, Brian A Murphy, PhD, Jonathan P Miller, MD, Benjamin L Walter, MD, Jennifer A Sweet, MD, Harry A Hoyen, MD,…

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Press Release | Blackrock Microsystems powers experimental system that enabled patients with paralysis to type fast and accurately in a clinical trial

Blackrock Microsystems powers experimental system that enabled patients with paralysis to type fast and accurately in a clinical trial SALT LAKE CITY (February 21, 2017) – A team led by two researchers from Stanford University recently reported a breakthrough powered by Blackrock Microsystems’ technology: The scientists implanted a brain-computer-interface (BCI) that enabled three patients with…

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Press Release | Blackrock Microsystems’ wireless technology is being displayed at the London Science Museum

Blackrock Microsystems’ wireless technology is being displayed at the London Science Museum LONDON (February 7, 2017) – Blackrock Microsystems’ wireless technology is a crucial part of an exhibition in the London Science Museum, highlighting the work being done by Grégoire Courtine and his team at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The exhibition…

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Intracortical microstimulation of human somatosensory cortex

Intracortical microstimulation of human somatosensory cortex Sharlene N. Flesher, Jennifer L. Collinger, Stephen T. Foldes, Jeffrey M. Weiss, John E. Downey, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, Sliman J. Bensmaia, Andrew B. Schwartz, Michael L. Boninger, and Robert A. Gaunt* Science Translational Medicine  2016  Published Online © The Author(s). 2016 Published: 19 October 2016 A sense of touch…

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Press Release | Obama fist-bumps Blackrock technology empowered patient

Obama fist-bumps Blackrock technology empowered patient October 14, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY (October 14, 2016)—Blackrock Microsystems’ technology has again been part of a groundbreaking medical achievement: Nathan Copeland had his sense of touch restored via a Utah Array-controlled robotic hand – and fist-bumped Obama with it. “It’s amazing. Pretty cool. I couldn’t be prouder of…

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Press Release | Blackrock Technology Facilitates Medical Sensation

SALT LAKE CITY (April 14, 2016)—The technology of Blackrock Microsystems has been part of a medical sensation: 24-year-old Ian Burkhart, who is paralyzed from the shoulders down as a result of a diving accident when he was 19, managed to move his hand again. Ian had been implanted Blackrock’s Utah Array by researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus who are working on reanimation technologies. The actual hand movement was made possible by Battelle’s neural bypass technology.

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Press Release | Blackrock Microsystems Showcases Wireless Brain-Interface at Society for Neuroscience Conference

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 13, 2015)—Today, Blackrock Microsystems LLC announced that it will feature the CerePlex W, a new digital, wireless brain-interface, at this week’s Society for Neuroscience Conference (SfN), the world’s largest gathering of brain researchers, in Washington, D.C. “We are committed to providing neuroscientists with the most cutting-edge tools to enable research previously thought impossible,” said Florian Solzbacher, Ph.D., president of Blackrock Microsystems. “SfN attendees can experience firsthand why Blackrock leads the electrophysiology research industry.”

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Single-trial dynamics of motor cortex and their applications to brain-machine interfaces

Single-trial dynamics of motor cortex and their applications to brain-machine interfaces Jonathan C. Kao, Paul Nuyujukian, Stephen I. Ryu, Mark M. Churchland, John P. Cunningham & Krishna V. Shenoy Nature Communications  2015  6:7759 © The Author(s). 2015 Published: 29 July 2015 Abstract Increasing evidence suggests that neural population responses have their own internal drive, or…

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Utah Policy | The Strength of Utah Tech

The Strength of Utah Tech By EDCUtah for UtahPolicy.com  30 June 2015 Utah is often noted for the strength of its high-tech sector and the “Silicon Slopes” that have produced phenomenally successful companies like Omniture (now Adobe), Instructure, Qualtrics, Ancestry.com, Vivint and many others. But the state’s high-tech sector also includes amazing companies like Blackrock…

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Scientific American | Pentagon Gambles on Brain Implants, Bionic Limbs and Combat Exoskeletons

Pentagon Gambles on Brain Implants, Bionic Limbs and Combat Exoskeletons By Sara Reardon for Nature magazine 12 June 2015 DARPA makes a big push into biological research, but some scientists question whether its high-risk approach can work An exoskeleton designed through DARPA’s Warrior Web programme enhances soldiers’ physical abilities. Credit: DARPA When Geoffrey Ling talks…

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Decoding motor imagery from the posterior parietal cortex of a tetraplegic human

Decoding motor imagery from the posterior parietal cortex of a tetraplegic human Tyson Aflalo, Spencer Kellis, Christian Klaes, Brian Lee, Ying Shi, Kelsie Pejsa, Kathleen Shanfield, Stephanie Hayes-Jackson, Mindy Aisen, Christi Heck, Charles Liu, Richard A. Andersen Science  2015  348:906-910 © The Author(s). 2015 Published: 22 May 2015 Brain imagination to control external devices Studies…

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MedicalExpo Magazine | In Brief: Robotics, Smart Textiles, Mental Remote Control, Electronic Implant

In Brief: Robotics, Smart Textiles, Mental Remote Control, Electronic Implant By Célia Sampol for MedicalExpo magazine 28 April 2015 PLUSES AND MINUSES OF USING ROBOTICS IN GENERAL SURGERY The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) recently came to an important consensus on the use of robotics in general surgery. Its members first stated, among other…

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MIT Technology Review | A Brain-Computer Interface That Works Wirelessly

A Brain-Computer Interface That Works Wirelessly By Antonio Regalado for MIT Technology Review 14 January 2015 A wireless transmitter could give paralyzed people a practical way to control TVs, computers, or wheelchairs with their thoughts. A wireless brain interface uses the head-worn transmitter, shown. A few paralyzed patients could soon be using a wireless brain-computer…

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Press Release | Blackrock Microsystems Launches Wireless Brain Research System

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 18, 2014)—Neuroscience research has gone wireless. Today, Blackrock Microsystems LLC announced that it has struck an agreement with Brown University to license and commercialize a wireless neural activity monitoring system that will liberate neuroscientists from the cumbersome wires and cables that have burdened their research for decades. The journal Neuron just published a paper on a wireless neurosensor from the Neuroengineering Laboratory at Brown, which significantly outperforms all other wireless sensors currently on the market. Related to that paper, senior author Arto Nurmikko commented, “This device enables new types of neuroscience experiments with vast amounts of brain data wirelessly and continuously streamed from brain microcircuits.”

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Ten-dimensional anthropomorphic arm control in a human brain−machine interface: difficulties, solutions, and limitations

Ten-dimensional anthropomorphic arm control in a human brain−machine interface: difficulties, solutions, and limitations B Wodlinger, J E Downey, E C Tyler-Kabara, A B Schwartz, M L Boninger and J L Collinger Journal of Neural Engineering  2014  Vol. 12 © The Author(s). 2014 Published: 16 December 2014 Abstract Objective. In a previous study we demonstrated continuous…

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Wireless Neurosensor for Full-Spectrum Electrophysiology Recordings during Free Behavior

Wireless Neurosensor for Full-Spectrum Electrophysiology Recordings during Free Behavior Ming Yin, David A. Borton, Jacob Komar, Naubahar Agha, Yao Lu, Hao Li, Jean Laurens, Yiran Lang, Qin Li, Christopher Bull, Lawrence Larson, David Rosler, Erwan Bezard, Grégoire Courtine, Arto V. Nurmikko Neuron  2014  84:1170-1182 © The Author(s). 2014 Published: 04 December 2014 Highlights • Compact,…

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Press Release | New European Headquarters to Propel Blackrock Microsystems’ Growth, Neuroscience Research

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 2, 2014)—This weekend, a handshake marked the opening of Blackrock Microsystems LLC’s new European headquarters in Hanover, Germany. But this was no ordinary handshake. Instead, Olaf Lies, the Lower Saxony minister of economics, labor, and transport, grasped an amputee’s bionic hand developed and manufactured by German prosthetics firm Ottobock. Blackrock’s revolutionary brain and peripheral neural interface technology enables intuitive control of such next-generation prosthetics.

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Press Release | Blackrock Microsystems Initiates Two Industry Partnerships that Empower Neuroscience Research

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 5, 2014)—Blackrock Microsystems, the industry leader in neuroscience research equipment, today announced partnerships with two neuroscience research firms — Germany-based PhenoSys and Israel-based NAN Instruments – that will create a truly comprehensive set of tools for neuroscience researchers that facilitate faster and more cost-effective research. Blackrock Microsystems will incorporate specific technologies from PhenoSys and NAN Instruments to offer a fully integrated suite of electrophysiology research products.

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